Fundamental Rights / Civil Liberties

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

U.N. urges Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees stranded at border

Published 17/10/2017

The U.N. refugee agency urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to speed up vetting of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees "stranded" near the border after crossing into the country from Myanmar and move them further inland to safety and better conditions. [more…]

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Islamic State in Raqqa mounts last stand

Published 17/10/2017

U.S.-backed militias will capture Islamic State's last foothold in the jihadists' former Syrian capital of Raqqa within hours, a militia spokesman said on Tuesday. [more…]

New Jakarta governor faces backlash for racially tinged speech

New Jakarta governor faces backlash for racially tinged speech

Published 17/10/2017

The new governor of Indonesia's capital faced a barrage of criticism on Tuesday for remarks in his inauguration speech that some residents and politicians warned could stoke ethnic and religious tension in the Southeast Asian country. [more…]

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight

Published 16/10/2017

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. [more…]

Senior U.S. legal official meeting UK leaders to tackle online security issues

Senior U.S. legal official meeting UK leaders to tackle online security issues

Published 13/10/2017

A top U.S. government legal official has given strong backing to Britain's campaign to force Silicon Valley to compromise on encrypted communications, rebuking tech firms for failing to balance crime-fighting demands with privacy needs. [more…]

Myanmar`s Aung San Suu Kyi `appalled` at Rohingya crisis: adviser

Myanmar`s Aung San Suu Kyi `appalled` at Rohingya crisis: adviser

Published 13/10/2017

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is "appalled" at the Rohingya refugee crisis in her country and is determined to fix it, but needs to be careful not to inflame the situation further, an adviser to Suu Kyi told reporters on Friday. [more…]

Uber appeals against loss of London license

Uber appeals against loss of London license

Published 13/10/2017

Uber [UBER.UL] submitted a court appeal on Friday to overturn a decision by London's transport regulator that stripped the taxi app of its operating license in one of its most important markets. [more…]

Senior U.S. official meeting UK officials to tackle online security issues

Senior U.S. official meeting UK officials to tackle online security issues

Published 13/10/2017

Britain's campaign to force Silicon Valley to compromise on encrypted communications has received strong backing from a top U.S. government legal official, who called out tech firms for failing to balance crime-fighting demands with privacy needs. [more…]

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

Published 11/10/2017

Catalonia's leader balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region's future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone. [more…]

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Published 09/10/2017

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. [more…]